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  • Tom Higgins Shares His Recollections Of A Classic

    We selected the streak we did climb because a side view suggested it might not be as steep at the top as other lines we examined, but the view from underneath still shocked us so much we just stopped looking and thinking about what was up there.

2004 Summer Programs

Every season at Pinnacles National Monument brings new discoveries. Experience the many faces of Pinnacles through a series of day and evening programs. These programs feature guided hikes, walks and talks by park staff. All programs are free, however evening programs require reservations.

Program duration and difficulty vary, call ahead for details. For day programs visitors should bring drinking water (at least one liter per hour), a backpack, snacks, sun protection and wear comfortable hiking shoes. All evening programs require a flashlight (red lens cover preferred), water, comfortable hiking shoes and layered clothing.

Pinnacles National Monumentís summers are desert like. Temperatures may soar into the 100ís during the day and dip into the 40ís at night. Also, there are no concession services in the monument and no nearby gas stations.

Pinnacles National Monument is designated as a fee collection site and operates as a day use park. Night programs are subject to special conditions and operating hours. For program details and reservations call (831) 389-4485. For general information visit our Web site.

Day Programs
Nature Hikes:

East District
Every Saturday & Sunday morning at 10:00 AM
From 06/12 through 08/29
Meet at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center
West District
Every Saturday & Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM
From 06/12 through 08/29
Meet at the Chaparral Ranger Station

Talks:

East District Only
Every Saturday & Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM
From 06/12 through 08/29
Meet at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center

Evening Programs
Night Hikes/Programs:

East District Only
All night hikes/programs take place on Saturdays and RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED and accepted no more than two weeks in advance.
June 12, Dark Sky Program
June 26, Moonlight Hike
July 10, Dark Sky Program
July 24, Moonlight Hike
August 14, Dark Sky Program
August 28, Moonlight Hike

Bat Programs:

East District Only
All bat programs take place on Saturdays and RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED and accepted no more than two weeks in advance.
June 19, July 17, and August 21.

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  • Tom Higgins Shares His Recollections Of A Classic

    We selected the streak we did climb because a side view suggested it might not be as steep at the top as other lines we examined, but the view from underneath still shocked us so much we just stopped looking and thinking about what was up there.

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